"As a Malaysian Christian in this nation and as a father, I want to train and teach my children to love this country that we call our own, but I can only do so with a clear conscience if their constitutional basic rights are protected and preserved under our principles of good governance.I cannot agree more with his sentiments, although I do wonder (as regards supremacy of the constitution), if the horse has long bolted out of the stable. But I have a couple of questions: Is "blind obedience and loyalty" necessarily an expression of nationalism and/or patriotism? Is it so unconscionable to teach our children to love a country even if that country does not 'love' you at its most basic constitutional level?
If governance becomes weak and inefficient or over-zealous because of the noisy few or poor enforcement, I fear to teach my children "blind obedience and loyalty" when the whole world is their backyard and they sincerely have other options."
I ask these questions as a Malaysian Christian, a resident 'alien', and servant of a higher calling. As one who wrestles daily with being salt and light in a place that God has presumably ordained for me, should I even think of "other options"?